Archive for December, 2005

Points on which I agree with William James

by Jason Stotts

“I cannot understand the willingness to act, no matter how we feel, without the belief that acts are really good and bad. I cannot understand the belief that an act is bad, without regret at it’s happening. I cannot understand regret without the admission of real, genuine possibilities in the world. Only then is it other than a mockery to feel, after we have failed to do our best, that an irreparable opportunity is gone from the universe, the loss of which it must forever mourn.” ~ William James, from “The Dilemma of Determinism”

“Skepticism in moral matters is an active ally of immorality. Who is not for is against. The universe will have no neutrals in these questions.” ~ William James, from “Philisophical Conceptions”